Kennedy Ann Hansen, 16, our Angel, Fremont’s Angel, our daughter, our sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin and BEST friend to all slipped peacefully back into her Heavenly Father’s arms on May 30, 2014 surrounded by her mother, father and sister, Anna.
Kennedy was born on November 25, 1997 to Jason and Heather Hansen in Ogden, Utah. She lived her life in Ogden, Utah for 6 months, Riverdale, Utah for 6 years and West Haven, Utah for 10 years. She attended Riverdale Elementary, West Haven Elementary, Rocky Mountain Junior High, and Fremont High School.
If you knew Kennedy, you knew how to love. If you did not know Kennedy, you would learn how to love instantly with a Kennedy’s Hug. She HUGGED everyone she met and was a BEST FRIEND to all. She loved to dance, sing, spend time in the outdoors, camp and hunt with her Dad. She was a beauty queen like her Mom and loved to do dress ups, doll parties and makeup parties. She owned every Monster High, Barbie or Twilight Doll available. She loved to ride horses, spend time with her cat Mario, her dog Sunny and her newest dog, Aggie. She loved to shop with her Mom, play everything and anything with her brother Beau and was a best friend to her sister Anna. Her truck rides with her Dad will go down in history as some of her greatest moments of her life and his. Especially….”The Last Ride.’
Her life completely changed 6 years ago as she began to go blind. Kennedy began a slow decline full of many tests and medical procedures to ultimately receive the devastating diagnosis and news of Terminal Juvenile Batten Disease on June 5, 2013 which ultimately took her life.
Kennedy made a commitment to share her story and wanted everyone to know she loved them through her journey. Kennedy’s Hugs foundation was formed in her honor and Kennedy spent the last year of her life creating a storybook of miracles and fairy tale endings that was shared through her Facebook page, Kennedy’s Hugs. She attended Fremont High, where she was placed on the Fremont High Cheerleading Squad and had a year so unbelievable that many would not believe, unless you were part of the story. Through this, she gained 27 new Sisters and one new mother, her coach Jill. She found the love of her life, Jaden, whom she truly loved and he never left her side. Her reach has affected millions, including some of the world’s most famous rock bands, church leaders, media outlets and political dignitaries.
Every time you drink a Coke, eat a Rainbow Icee, watch Harry Potter, High School Musical, Twilight, listen to Radioactive, Let it Go or even Taylor Swift, you will think of Kennedy.
With all of her loves in life, her favorite was her Father in Heaven and his son Jesus Christ. She was a stalwart member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Kennedy did not just believe in her Savior, she knew him and is now in his presence. She is running, laughing, and seeing and is finally at peace. But, more importantly….she is Hugging everyone she does and does not know in Heaven with Kennedy’s Hugs.
Kennedy is survived by her loving father, Jason, her mother, Heather, her sister, Anna and beautiful brother, Beau. She was preceded in death by her sweet grandmother, Ramona and cousin, Brooke.
Funeral Services will be held Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at the Dee Events Center, 4400 Harrison Blvd. Friends and family may visit on Wednesday evening from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Lindquist’s Roy Mortuary, 3333 West 5600 South, and Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Dee Events Center.
Interment, Ogden City Cemetery.